Don't get me wrong; I enjoy riding.
Feeling the thunder of a gallop pounding up through my loins and into my soul.
Wind in my ears.
But that's not the best, in my opinion.
What I enjoy most is finding a horse's sweet spot and giving it a good rub.
I believe they enjoy it, too.
I do this a lot.
A LOT more than I ride.
At that moment, I'm asking nothing of my horse.
Nothing at all.
I'm there for him.
And I'll spend almost as much time itching him up as he would stand there and have me do.
It's all give and no take.
And it feels wonderful.
For both of us.
photos by Pat Miran